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Fergie 'world tour' to give Moyes space

ESPN staff
May 20, 2013
Moyes thankful for Everton opportunity

Sir Alex Ferguson is looking forward to catching iconic sporting events all over the world now that he is officially in retirement, he told the Sun.

Ferguson signed off as Manchester United manager after more than 26 trophy-laden years at the helm on Sunday with an extraordinary 5-5 draw with West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

The 71-year-old will have a hip operation this summer, after which the horse racing enthusiast plans to catch two of the sport's most famous races, as well as one of the most iconic fixtures in world football in Argentina.

"I'll hopefully go to the Melbourne Cup and the Kentucky Derby, they're two things definitely," Ferguson told the paper on Sunday. "There are a lot of things you can do but the one thing about travel is that you need your health to travel and, hopefully, my health remains.

"Will I watch a lot of football? It's possible. I'd like to go to Boca Juniors against River Plate, I really would. That's the one game I'd like to go to see."

Ferguson began his retirement as soon as he left the pitch at The Hawthorns, as he left reporters waiting in vain for one final post-match press conference. He will now hand the reins to David Moyes, who takes over after managing Everton for the final time in Sunday's 2-1 defeat at Chelsea, and Ferguson says he will not find it difficult to let go of the job in which he became the most successful boss in the history of English football.

"I've done it, I did it last week," he said. "It's not an issue for me. I'll just go and do what I'm going to do. The next stage of my life. Even if I'd waited another year, two or three, you have to do what you are going to do. To remain active, you have to do something and I'll be doing plenty of things."

Moyes arrives at Old Trafford having been at Everton for 11 years, and Ferguson believes that experience will stand his fellow Scot in good stead to continue his legacy.

"I'm sure of that, he's got good experience behind him, like I had," he said. "I had eight-and-a-half years at Aberdeen. That had challenges too. It wasn't easy to bring it to the level we wanted but we did it because we had the right people driving it. Archie Knox and I worked hard.

"If I hadn't had the experience I had at Aberdeen, I don't know if I'd have done it as well. A young manager couldn't do the job here, you need experience.

"You look at all the things he's done, experience-wise, working under the constraints he has. I remember when Walter Smith and Archie were at Everton, they had to sell their best players all the time because they never had any money. David inherited that. To get by all those years and survive on that takes some doing."

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